Wife of youth hostage missionary in Niger issues distress call

In a video released on July 11, Els Woodke said he wanted to get in touch with her husband's kidnappers Jeff woodke, kidnapped on October 14, 2016 in the Abalak region in Niger, while he was working for the American NGO “Youth with a Mission, Mutual Aid and Development”.

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Els Woodke is desperate. She suspects the Nusrat al-Islam wal Muslimeen group of being responsible for the kidnapping of her husband. This coalition of jihadist groups affiliated with Al-Qaeda in the Sahel region, has reportedly carried out a series of kidnappings since 2015, with the aim of demanding ransoms.

Among the hostages are 3 Christians, the nun Gloria Argoti, the surgeon Ken elliot as well as Béatrice Stockly. This information was confirmed following the broadcast of a video on July 1 by the kidnappers, in which the families of the victims were instructed to “fight to come to the rescue” of the victims.

“My husband Jeff is not mentioned, so I have no assurance or guidelines on how to proceed, unlike other families. "

She confides that Jeff has been serving the nomadic population in northern Niger for 29 years already.

“He runs an NGO that supports families in agriculture, medical care and improves access to clean water, literacy and primary education. "

Despite the presence of MINUSMA Supported by French troops, the Sahel region has become a haven for jihadists and attacks on local forces are very frequent. During the G5 Sahel summit on July 2, which brought together President Macron and the heads of state of five countries (Mauritania, Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger and Chad) in order to achieve a projet common fight against these jihadist groups.

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